- Feb 25, 2022
- Boston, MA
Why do they lie? They won't really impress people who don't understand measurements, and they totally PO people who do.
The 'lie' is that Governor Baker was not told about the issue. That might be true but Karyn Polito who was his Lieutenant Governor most likely did.
What I am certain of is Governor Baker wanted to cut the ribbon when GLX opened last year and everyone in the chain of command knew that.
Buried in all of this is the CRRC subway car fiasco.
Also still way behind schedule is the delivery of the long-awaited new Red and Orange line cars from CRRC, the Chinese firm building the rail cars at a factory in Springfield.
Eng said the T has received just 94 of the 152 Orange Line cars it ordered in 2014 and only 14 of the 252 Red Line cars it ordered in 2014 and 2017. This is an increase of only 16 Orange Line cars and two Red Line cars since January, according to the T.
The original contract called for CRRC to deliver eight new cars to the T per month. In February, the T said it was working with CRRC to try to get four new cars delivered per month. All new Orange Line cars were originally supposed to be delivered by January 2022 and all new Red Line cars by September 2023, according to the T. Both those dates are now in the past.
The MBTA system saw around 385,000 weekday subway trips and 312,000 bus trips last month, just around 50 percent and 76 percent, respectively, of the weekday trips taken on those modes in September 2019.
CRRC may be on the hook for delay fees, Eng said.
“There are liquidated damages that are being accrued as a result of the schedule,” Eng said. “The importance of these cars to our ability to provide service are vital . . . Right now my focus is to actually get these cars continuing to come to us, to maintain the quality that we’ve been seeing, but also find a way to increase production.”
On a personal note
My Senior Charlie Card expired and I went to the Charlie Card store at Downtown Crossing for a new one. The process was quick as they no longer bother to put a photo on the card AND I have no clue when the card will expire.
I am just tired of the transit system I grew up with becoming a laughingstock - It was never perfect but it was reliable.